It’s that time of year again. Your kids are dreading, counting the days. You’re probably counting the days, too, but ready to rock and roll! The first day of school is right around the corner. We hope you enjoyed the warm weather, the summer vacations, and family time, but we think that you’re ready to get your kids out of the living room and back in the classroom for a new school year. Here are 5 tips for your family to start the school year right!
Never Stop Preparing
The new school year may seem ages away to a kid in June, but September arrives faster than they realize. One of the most important yet overlooked ways to start the school year right is to keep children academically engaged throughout the summer. Leisure and idle time can dull the skills and cloud knowledge that your children have been absorbing for the past 9 months. It’s extremely important to maintain some form of learning to keep their minds fresh and continue their education even in the summer months. Trips to museums and the reading list certainly help, as does structure. Maybe nothing so draconian as tests and pop quizzes, but flashcards and light practice of math and language will keep your children sharp and ready to start the year off without the pains of getting acclimated to learning again.
Mandate Homework Time
With so much to do outside in our ...
In Boca Raton, we’re blessed to have a prosperous city with a special Floridian balance of vitality and an easy-going lifestyle. We’re also a generous crowd and many of us heed the call of public service. We’re proud to boast dozens of community service organizations in Boca Raton. If you’re looking to donate your time to worthy causes, here are some of our recommendations for Boca Raton community service.
Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services
21300 Coleman Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33428
Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) provides senior, food and financial, mental health, and career services to all members of the community regardless of religious affiliation. Volunteer opportunities include chaplaincy, a community mentoring program, senior ride program (with mileage per diem), telephone reassurance to homebound seniors, substance abuse counseling, and a local food pantry. JFS is one of the most active community service organizations in Boca where your help will be directed to the ones who need it most.
Church World Service
220 S Congress Park Drive, Suite...
Boca Raton may be a sleepy paradise along the Atlantic, but we are as American as apple pie and our colors fly proud and true every Fourth of July! If you’re looking for a powerful annual bash or a quiet celebration, here are the best Fourth of July Events in Boca Raton!
4th of July Drive-in Fireworks Display
- Sunset Lake in Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park
- 11200 Park Access Rd, Boca Raton, FL
- Gates Open at 7:00 pm, Fireworks at 9:00 pm (15-minute presentation)
Roll into this special FREE event! Want to stretch your legs? All attendees are welcome to walk outside of their personal vehicles to take in the summer air and fireworks show. For your convenience, there will be an on-site radio broadcast of the show’s accompanying music. We recommend that you arrive as early as possible, as space is limited. Best of all, this event is rain or shine. The show must go on!
July 4th Dance Party at The Boca Plaza Hotel
- 2901 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL | 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
You don’t need to drive all the way to Miami to find a happening spot! Dance the night away at The Boca Plaza Hotel’s Norman’s Tavern. This is a fantastic event for grown-ups with a taste for live jazz and flowing drinks. Each admission ($15.00 per person)...
Dads are the backbone of the family. They protect, serve, and work hard to build our communities, Their contributions can be felt in the legacies they create and leave behind. Our Dads are as good for words of encouragement as they are for a wisecrack, and are the only parental unit with their own joke category. This month, let's honor dad and take him for a day on the water, for a steak dinner, or for a festive night out. Whatever your family is into, here are a few Father's Day activities in Boca Raton!
Lake Boca is an inlet that's incredibly popular with boaters and weekend warriors. For boating Dads, we're sure a day floating on this picturesque blue-green lagoon is just the thing to do. On the weekends this otherwise tranquil anchorage turns to a party-like atmosphere, with what's sure to be plenty of families out on Lake Boca, grilling with dad, enjoying a cool drink, and having a blast.
Casa D'Angelo is a name that carries weight in Boca Raton, Broward, and...
Cinco de Mayo is back! After losing our Spring and Summer to the tragic conditions of the pandemic, 2021 has left us with a yearning to spend more time together and celebrate life. May 5th, or as it's known to most of us, Cinco de Mayo in Boca Raton is a blast to enjoy. Here are some of the best Cinco de Mayo events in Boca Raton, specials, and places to party.
Crazy Uncle Mike's is planning an all-day Cinco de Mayo festival beginning at 3 PM. Festivities include an all-day performance by DJ Gio Black, margarita specials, and an exclusive all you can drink and VIP passes.
Located at The Promenade of Coconut Creek, Naked Taco plans on opening an Uptown Boca location soon, but for now, is just a short ride away. Like most Cinco special events, this one includes margarita deals, taco specials, live entertainment, and special swag for each guest.
Our mothers brought us into the world, and serve as the bedrock of our community. Communities thrive when families are healthy, and it all begins with mom. Every day we're given an opportunity to honor our loved ones and show them our gratitude, but on Mother's Day, we truly slow down and give thanks. This Mother's Day in Boca Raton, check out the many Mother's Day events in store, starting with the few we've listed below.
For health-conscious families looking for something exciting and energizing, check out the Eat Better, Live Better 5K taking place at South County Regional Park. After a year as difficult as 2020, We're all paying more attention to our daily health. For a fresh take on Mother's Day in Boca Raton, get a run on before Mother's Day brunch!
The Capital Grille is a renowned Boca Raton restaurant to visit any day. However, this Mother's Day might be the year you whisk mom away to the Capital Grille. The Capital Grille will open...
May is the cusp of summer, and here in Boca, the community prides itself on summer fun. Beaches, bars, exotic wildlife, and luxury nightlife are some of the common elements found in the city; but for people looking to indulge in a more relaxed setting, these May events in Boca may be exactly what you are looking for. COVID may have disrupted our normalcy, but these local Boca Raton area events will be sure to sate the desire to escape, and what better way than right in your own city?
The Boca Raton Museum of Art is a prestigious establishment in the heart of downtown. The Boca Raton community thrives on its eclectic choice of architecture—ranging from old-world Spanish flair, modern minimalism, along with the flagship pastel colors adorning the homes. Art is a big deal in South Florida, and Boca Raton is no stranger to its impervious charm. The Boca Museum of Art has been providing its locals with modern and worldwide art for over 70 years. The tasteful selections of art on display allow its visitors to decompress as they peruse its beautiful pieces; however, on May 23 from 3-4 pm, the museum will be holding its “Music in the Museum” showcase. This May event is a must-see; the Brio Quartet will be performing selections from Tchaikovsky to Beethoven. As you walk the corridors of the museum, you will be serenaded with the awesome talent of Marina Lenau, David Pedraza,...
The Easter weekend features something for everyone. A weekend and a season synonymous with growth, rebirth, and new beginnings, Easter weekend is one of the last weekends to enjoy the mild South Florida Spring weather. For new families in Boca Raton, or for those looking for something different this year, here are a few Easter events in Boca Raton to spend time with your family.
Easter Bash is hosted by the Oceanside Church on the grounds of Boca Raton High School. The event is free to attend but must be registered for by clicking the link above. The event will feature family activities, an egg hunt, a raffle, food trucks, and much more.
Hosted by the AARP, the Easter Bunny photo op will take place at the Boca Town Center Mall throughout the weekend. What better way to add a little something extra to your shopping & dining trip this weekend than a photo with the magical rabbit himself?!
Looking for something new & exciting to do this upcoming weekend in Boca Raton? If so, Mizner Park Amphitheater has got you covered! Come one come all to The Great Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium & Drink-ory Garden happening under the Boutique Big-Top tent at Mizner Park in Downtown Boca Raton! Presented by Bill S. Swindler & Salto Entertainment, this incredibly outrageous show offers a captivating 90-minute exhibition of classic vintage amusement, live acrobats, & comedy that will transport you back in time to a turn-of-the-century traveling circus.
Complete with a quirky cast of characters played by award-winning aerialists, acrobats, stunt artists & comedians, prepare to be amazed by the unique talents of Lady Elastic, Miss Synthetic, Dr. Elixir, The Rotatetress, and the eccentric host, Mr. Swindle himself! Event-goers can also meet & greet with show characters & experience a variety of amazing savory dishes and enticing adult beverages in Dr. Elixir’s Drink-ory Garden which opens one hour prior to the start of each show.
The opening performance will take place Thursday evening, February 13, 2020, at 7 pm, with six additional showtimes scheduled through the weekend before the circus packs up and leaves town on Sunday, February 16th. (See performance date & times below). Ticket prices for ...
This upcoming Saturday & Sunday, January 11th & 12th, 2020, Boca Fest, one of South Florida’s largest juried art shows, will return to Boca Raton for its 33rd Consecutive Year! This highly anticipated annual art festival will feature more than 200 award-winning national artists, blending the work of some of the art world’s all-time favorites with some of the hottest emerging artists in the contemporary art scene. Featuring everything from life-size sculpture, incredible paintings, photography, ceramics, woodworking, one-of-a-kind jewelry, & more, Boca Fest will offer a weekend filled with opportunities to admire and curate the fabulous works of the nation’s top artisans.
The 33rd Annual Boca Fest outdoor art show will be held at Boca Town Center Mall, one of South Florida’s top luxury shopping destinations, conveniently located right off I-95 & Glades Road in the heart Boca Raton. The show will take place from 10 am to 5 pm on both days, in the lot situated at the intersection of St. Andrews Blvd & Glades Road. Admission to Boca Fest is FREE, with plenty of free parking available, as well as valet service. For more event details, including the ...
The City of Boca Raton will host the 43rd Annual Holiday Boat Parade on Sunday, December 15, 2019, from 6:30-8:00 pm. This highly anticipated annual event is the perfect way to experience the holiday season in true South Florida fashion! Parade attendees of years past will attest that you can’t help but get into the holiday spirit with the festive lights glistening off the water and the holiday music flowing from the lavishly decorated vessels as they make their jolly way down the Intracoastal.
Entry in the boat parade is absolutely FREE, and vessels of all sizes, from kayaks & paddleboards all the way up to large yachts, are welcome to participate. Last year’s turnout was absolutely incredible, with more than 30 boats entering the parade and thousands of onlookers! The City of Boca Raton is anticipating this year’s holiday boat parade to be just as well attended and perhaps a bit more competitive.
There will be $10,000 in cash prizes for this year’s winners, offering boat owners all the more reason to participate in this highly celebrated event. Parade entries are judged based on lights, colors, music, and overall effect. Winners will be determined by point total, with a total of 30 possible points per vessel. Enthusiasm also counts, so be sure to have everyone aboard waving and showing their holiday cheer when passing by the judges' stand! Please complete the ...
On Saturday, November 23, 2019, join the local community in kicking off the holiday season at the City of Boca Raton’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting event at Mizner Park Amphitheater & Mizner Plaza in Downtown Boca Raton! Watch as Mayor Scott Singer leads the ceremonial lighting of the City's tree, which will illuminate simultaneously with Mizner Park’s tree located at the south end of the shopping center near Lord & Taylor. Following the traditional tree lighting ceremony, sit back and enjoy a spectacular holiday fireworks display above the amphitheater!
The tree lighting event will also feature plenty of holiday-themed, family-friendly fun & activities including free carnival rides, an artificial ice rink, holiday bounce houses, Santa’s Circus variety show, strolling carolers, stilt walkers, & carnival food available for purchase. There will also be a “Letters to Santa Station,” where kids can write & send their holiday wish lists to the North Pole, as well as the opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus himself ($5 each).
The event will take place from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Mizner Park Amphitheater, located at 590 Plaza Real in Downtown Boca Raton. Admission to the event is free and open to the public, with limited seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis for the ceremony & fireworks display. For additional event information please call 561-367-7073. Click here for additional venue information and answers...
On Saturday, November 9, 2019, the Annual Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival, “A Culinary Affair!”, returns for its 10th annual celebration. Recognized as one of the largest food festivals in all of South Florida, the event will take place at Sanborn Square Park in the heart of Downtown Boca Raton. On Saturday evening, from 6 pm to 10 pm, fine wine vintners & top local chefs from the tri-county area will gather for the Grand Tasting, a culinary experience like no other. Enjoy unlimited food tastings, the wildly popular artisanal cheese village, fine wines, premium spirits, and fabulous live entertainment as we celebrate the festival's 10th year! For craft brew lovers, there will also be a designated area inside the Grand Tasting for the 6th Annual Craft Brew Battle, “A Hoppy Affair!”
The 10th Annual Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival will be held at Sanborn Square Park, located at 72 N Federal Hwy in Downtown Boca Raton, just south of Mizner Park. Ticket prices are $75 in advance for General Admission ($125 at the door), or $100 for advance purchase VIP admission ($150 at the door). VIP tickets allow one-hour early admission beginning at 6 pm, with General Admission ticket entry beginning at 7 pm. Group discounts for four or more tickets are available & all ticket prices include UNLIMITED tastings of all food, fine wine, craft beer, & premium spirits. For more information or to purchase tickets, call ...
Author: Melissa Dawson
BOCA RATON – The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District removed the “Interim” tag from Briann Harms' job title, officially promoting her to Executive Director.
“Briann's dedication to the Boca Raton community and her effectiveness as the interim made this an easy decision for us,” Commission Chairperson Susan Vogelgesang said. “She stepped into the Executive Director position and met or exceeded all expectations, proving to be a tremendous asset for the Boca Raton community.”
Harms quickly proved herself as an effective leader during a results-filled nine months as the District's interim director.
During her tenure as interim, which began in January, the District resurfaced the tennis courts and playground at Patch Reef Park and recently finished installing three environmentally friendly artificial turf fields there. The District also renovated the batting cages and added shade structures at Sugar Sand Park, and completed Swim and Racquet Center construction, giving the District a new home for its offices and meetings.
Harms led the effort to improve the District's interactions...
On Saturday, October 5, 2019, join the City of Boca Raton’s Recreation Services Department for the First Annual BarkFest! at Mizner Bark Dog Park! This FREE pet- & family-friendly event will feature food vendors for pets & their human companions, a mobile grooming station, canine performers, pet adoptions, a DJ, as well as a pet costume contest which is certain to be the highlight of the day!
The costume contest will begin at 12pm with FREE registration from 10am to 11:45am (limited slots available). Pets and their pet parents are welcome to dress in their favorite costumes for the chance to compete for some amazing prizes in the following categories: “Most Creative,” “Funniest,” “#Twinning-Match Your Pup,” “Spookiest,” “Best Homemade,” “Cutest,”, and the Grand Prize, “Best in Show”!
BarkFest! will take place from 10am-2pm at Mizner Bark Dog Park located at 751 Banyan Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33431. ***PLEASE NOTE: Dogs must be leashed (6ft maximum leash) on the festival grounds - dogs with City permits...
Come join the end-of-summer celebration at Boca’s annual "Wine & All That Jazz!" party on Saturday, August 24, 2019! Presented by the Boca Chamber of Commerce and JM Lexus, this exclusive event will take place at the luxurious Boca Raton Resort & Club, bringing together the “who’s who” of the Boca Chamber & the local community.
Featuring more than 100 varieties of wine, spirits, and beer, as well as dinner entrees by the bite, guests will have the opportunity to indulge in an array of adult beverages and culinary delights from over 15 of Boca’s top restaurants. The event will feature a live band performing smooth jazz in the main event room, which will later transform into a dance party when they turn up the volume with top hit music from yesterday and today. "Wine & All That Jazz!" will also feature an exciting raffle with a host of amazing prizes including wine baskets, spa packages, concert tickets, & more! VIP passes are available for those seeking the red carpet treatment, granting access to an ultra-exclusive, private VIP lounge offering gourmet cuisine, fine wine, and live entertainment by DJ Chris Prime.
Whether you are a member of the...
Development of Hillsboro El Rio Park Phase II in southeast Boca Raton is now underway with an expected opening at the end of 2019. This 14-acre, city-owned parcel of land located on the south side of SW 18th Street between Dixie Hwy & the El Rio Canal, will be the site of the City of Boca Raton’s newest waterfront park. Phase I of the Hillsboro El Rio Park, which is located on the north side of SW 18th Street, has been open to the public since 2002.
Though plans for completing phase II of the Hillsboro El Rio Park have been in the works for several years, a renewed commitment to the development of the City’s waterfront park sites has now taken priority. After receiving input from nearby Boca Raton residents and the Parks and Recreation Board, a new and improved site plan was created for phase II which is estimated to cost approximately $7.8 million. By the end of 2019, the new Hillsboro El Rio Park Phase II will be open to the public from dawn till dusk, offering the following amenities:
- Walking/Jogging Paths
- Fitness Station
- Children's Playground
- Four Pickleball Courts
- Two Tennis Courts
- Basketball Court
- Sand Volleyball Court
- Picnic Pavilions
- Canoe/Kayak Soft Launch Area
- Public Restrooms & Parking
For the latest updates & additional info about Phase II of the Hillsboro El Rio Park please visit the City of Boca Raton's...
We are pleased to announce that the Summer in the City Series will be returning to Downtown Boca Raton for a sensational 2019 season! Sponsored by the City of Boca Raton, the Summer in the City Series will feature an exciting lineup of eight FREE concerts & events which will be held between June 7th and August 9th at Mizner Park Amphitheater. The 2019 schedule is packed with fantastic, family-friendly events, including live musical tribute concerts, yoga, art, games, and even an outdoor viewing of the 2018 award-winning film “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
This year's Summer in the City Series will kick off on Friday, June 7, 2019, with a thrilling Battle of the Bands concert! This competitive event will showcase the musical talent of eight carefully selected local bands, each battling it out for the coveted title of "Best Band." The competition will be broken into two categories, with three finalists competing in the Teen category and five finalists in the ages 20+ category. The winners in each age group will not only win bragging rights amongst their fellow musicians, but each winning band will also receive a $1,500 cash grand prize! Battle of the Bands judges will include select officials from the City of Boca Raton as well as representatives from AEG and Live Nation. What better way to kick of the 2019 Summer in the City Series than featuring some of the top musical talent that exists right here in Boca Raton? Be sure to come out and show your support!
The complete lineup of events for the 2019 Summer in the City...
On December 14, 2018, enjoy a fun-filled Friday evening with a holiday-themed movie under the stars at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Downtown Boca Raton. Sponsored by the City of Boca Raton, this FREE, family-friendly movie night will feature the 2003 hit holiday comedy "Elf." Will Ferrell stars in this light-hearted holiday film, delivering a hilarious performance as a full-grown man raised as an elf at the North Pole who ventures to the U.S. in search of his true identity. "Elf" offers plenty of laughs and a heaping dose of yuletide cheer that is sure to help you and your loved ones embrace the holiday spirit. Arrive early for kid-friendly crafts hosted by The Journey Church of Boca Raton, as well as a special guest appearance by Santa!
Movie Night featuring "Elf" will be held at Mizner Park Amphitheater, located 590 Plaza Real in Downtown Boca Raton, FL. Admission is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 6 pm and the movie beginning at 7 pm. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the event, with designated picnic tables and high-top tables set up for dining. No outside food or beverages will be permitted into the venue. Chairs will be available to rent for $5 (cash only), but guests are also welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets to set up on the amphitheater lawn.
Please feel free to RSVP to Movie Night featuring...